Studying Deer Pays Off for Bowhunter
Alan Click has been hunting for the past 42 years. He has photo albums full of bucks and deer that he has taken over the years. He has trail cams all over Churchville County Virginia, he likes to study the deer and know what their routines and habits are. He makes his own scents to cover his smell. He says people may think he is crazy but he can smell a buck in the winter. With this deep passion for hunting, Click was rewarded with his recent trophy buck hunt. This was the biggest buck he has taken with a bow and arrow.
The deer won top prize last month at the annual Izaak Walton League Virginia state game show for biggest buck in archery class during the 2010 hunting season. The Churchville deer's antlers scored 207 13/16, beating the second best in competition by more than 15 points. The large buck weighed 200 lbs, a deer larger than most people have ever seen.
Click saw the large buck on his trail cam one evening, a couple days later he went to put up a tree stand in the area. The wind was blowing though so he decided to come back later, he didn't want the buck to know he was being hunted. The next afternoon he set up his tree stand and laid around for a couple of hours, waiting. An hour before dark, the buck made an appearance, but at a position that Click was unable to take advantage of.
"Normally your best chance of killing them is the first time you're there," Click said. "Once you been there, he's gonna know you been there, it don't matter how careful you are. And then, once he knows you're huntin' him, you're probably not gonna get to kill him, 'cause he's smarter than you are."
Click stayed and waited patiently, it was getting close to sunset. The buck made another appearance. He ranged the buck at 41 yards. Click let the arrow fly. Then he left, giving the buck time to bleed out. Click returned home for a couple of hours until he couldn't stand the suspense. He went back and found the arrow.
On his hands and knees he followed the trail of blood with his flashlight. It was bubbly blood which is a good sign that it hit the lungs and chest. He followed the trail for 75 yards, and then looked up and saw the horns. He thanked God.
It took Click another hour to get the buck back to his truck. That was a long night, but one that will always be a wonderful memory for Click. From Newleader.com.